September 2019 News
Above: World Champion Kat Werry, second from left – photo copyright RA
Provided by your faithful correspondent Trident.
Past news can be found at this link.
News covered this month
- 1980s Juniors Reunion
- Vale Julie McCall
- NTC first intake – congratulations to Mercs members
- AGM details
- Breakfast Mums
- The new season starts
- Congratulations to our Olympic Qualifiers
- World Championships Day 8
- World Championships Day 7
- From the Archives – Images from 1979 World Championships
1980s Junior Reunion
Published 15th September 2019
Master organiser Geoff Barden is at it again. This time he has organised a reunion of the junior crews coached by Phil Ainsworth in 1980s. Great work Geoff. Remember this was the time when Jim Sprigg was President and Phil drove an EJ Holden. Geoff’s story follows.
Mercantile is hosting a reunion for team members of the Men’s Junior 4+ crews coached by Phil Ainsworth. During the mid-eighties Junior crews successful in winning the Australian National Championship were afforded selection in the Australian Rowing team and sent to the Junior World FISA Championships. Phil successfully coached consecutive crews to National titles in 1984 – 1987
As fortune would have it members of these crews, Peter Tomanovits (1984), Geoff Barden (1985), Simon Morrison (1987) and Club Captain Bill Webster (1986) are rowing together once a week in the club master’s program, preparing for the upcoming 2019 Head races. At a recent Thursday night barrel the group decided to host a reunion at the club that included the Mercantile and Australian Junior 4+ crews that each member was a part of.
The reunion will take place the Sunday after the AFL Grand Final, 29th September 2019. Emails and invitations have been sent far and wide to reunite the crews from this memorable chapter in the clubs history. Preparations are well underway. We are delighted to have acceptance from team Manager, Dr John Drewe and importantly coach Phil Ainsworth who is preparing for the reunion working on a detailed presentation that is sure to bring many stories back to life. Club President, Anthony Johnson and past President Andrew Guerin have agreed to join the group for a reunion row in club eights before we settle in for our long lunch.
Vale Julie McCall
Published 14th September 2019
It with deep sadness that we advise members of the passing of Julie McCall, widow of Graham, mother of rowers Felicity and Duncan, and grandmother of current rowers Alex and Phoebe Wolf. Our condolences to all of her family who are so much part of Mercantile.
Julie was a much loved person who endeared herself to all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She had many long and special friendships at Mercantile Rowing Club and the rowing community through supporting Graham, her children Felicity and Duncan whilst rowing, and more recently her grandchildren. She cared for Graham through his long illness and died after her own long illness.
The funeral will be held at Kooyong Tennis Club, 489 Glenferrie Road Kooyong on Monday 16th September 2019 at 2.30pm.
NTC first intake – congratulations to Mercs members
Published 14th September 2019
Congratulations to those Mercs members who have been re-inducted back into the into the National Training Centres.
Athletes were considered from the results of the recent 2019 World Rowing Championships. All Olympic class medallist athletes were automatically invited back to the NTC. Athletes in boats achieving Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification were also considered for invitation to the NTCs as part of this Intake 1.
Intake 2 athlete invitations will be finalised following the upcoming NTC Testing Camps that will take place from the 30th September – 4th October in the respective National Training Centres in Penrith and Canberra. An invitation list to these testing camps will be published by no later than then 20th September.
|Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre|
|Alexander Hill||Adelaide Rowing Club||SA|
|Alexander Purnell||Sydney University Boat Club||NSW|
|Angus Moore||Sydney Rowing Club||NSW|
|Angus Widdicombe||Mercantile Rowing Club||VIC|
|Cameron Girdlestone||Sydney University Boat Club||NSW|
|Campbell Watts||Sydney University Boat Club||NSW|
|David Watts||Sydney Rowing Club||WA|
|Hamish Playfair||UTS Rowing Club||NSW|
|Jack Hargreaves||Sydney University Boat Club||NSW|
|Jack O’Brien||Sydney University Boat Club||NSW|
|Joshua Booth||Melbourne University BC||VIC|
|Joshua Hicks||Sydney Rowing Club||NSW|
|Karsten Forsterling||Melbourne University BC||VIC|
|Nicholas Purnell||Sydney University Boat Club||NSW|
|Sam Hardy||Sydney Rowing Club||NSW|
|Simon Keenan||Melbourne University BC||VIC|
|Spencer Turrin||Sydney Rowing Club||NSW|
|Timothy Masters||UTS Rowing Club||VIC|
|Hancock Prospecting Women’s National Training Centre|
|Amanda Bateman||Mercantile Rowing Club||VIC|
|Annabelle McIntyre||Fremantle Rowing Club||WA|
|Bronwyn Cox||University of West Australia Boat Club||WA|
|Genevieve Horton||Sydney University Boat Club||NSW|
|Georgina Rowe||UTS Rowing Club||NSW|
|Jacinta Edmunds||Commercial Rowing Club||QLD|
|Jessica Morrison||Mercantile Rowing Club||VIC|
|Katrina Werry||Mercantile Rowing Club||VIC|
|Leah Saunders||Sydney Rowing Club||NSW|
|Lucy Stephan||Melbourne University Boat Club||VIC|
|Molly Goodman||Adelaide Rowing Club||SA|
|Olympia Aldersey||Adelaide Rowing Club||SA|
|Rosemary Popa||Banks Rowing Club||VIC|
|Sarah Hawe||Huon Rowing Club||VIC|
|Coxswain: James Rook||Mercantile Rowing Club||VIC|
Published 9th September 2019
You are invited to join us at the Mercantile Annual General Meeting followed by the Annual Dinner to celebrate the year past and to welcome our new members and the upcoming season.
When: 19 October 2019 at the Club, 5 Boathouse Drive, Melbourne Vic.
7pm Canapes and pre dinner drinks
7.30pm Annual General Meeting
8pm Award presentations and Dinner
9.30 pm Bar open. Drinks at Bar Prices
Dinner Cost: $135.00 (Competing Athletes $110.00). Drinks included with the meal service
Dress: Lounge Suit, Club Blazer
RSVP 5 October 2019
Published 9th September 2019
What is happening? Last Saturday, our overworked and diligent Breakfast Mums were more like Breakfast Dads with only Julie Orr holding up the fort from the original Breakfast Mums team. Regardless of who is there, John “Larry” Leeming advises that the name will not change and that he will continue to proudly wear his Breakfast Mums apron.
Great work team.
The new season starts
Published 5th September 2019
Just days after we recover from the previous season, the new season starts.
The first Mercs entry of the new season is a women’s quad scull at the 2019 Saltwater Challenge – Meghan Hester, Gemma Sibillin, Kate Duggan and Madeleine Thomas.
Congratulations to our Olympic Qualifiers
Published 5th September 2019
Although the Australian crews are all up for grabs again in the new season, we should highlight and congratulate five members who raced in Olympic qualified boats:
Kat Werry – Gold in W4
Jess Morrison and James Rook – Silver in W8
Jess Morrsion – Silver in W2
Amanda Bateman – 11th in W2x
Gus Widdicombe – fourth in M8
World Championships Day 8
Published 2nd September 2019
Mercs were again in the medals with Jess Morrison picking up her second silver medal at the regatta, and James Rook picking up a silver, joining Jess in the eight.
The women’s eight started their race well maintaining their first position for the first 1500 metres.However the New Zealand crew raced as superb race rowing through the field from the second 500 m to the finish. Their last 500 metres was sensation and sprinted superbly to the line. The Australians raced a very disciplined race but did not have enough left in the tank in the last 500 m to take gold.
Great work Australia and Mercs.
Whilst talking about the eights, the men’s eight finishe fourth. They started well but gave away a little too much in the second 500 metres. We are talking about 0.5 second! In the end they narrowly missed out on a medal. The eights are now a sprint and the slightest of changes in pace mean medals. The winning time was 5:19.41! Congratulations Australia. We will be there knocking on the door next year at the Olympic Games.
Club member Amanda Bateman raced in the B final of the women’s double finishing fifth, or 11th overall. This was sufficient to gain Olympic qualification. This crew was hoping for better but have made the grade for next year.
RA reported on the day as follows.
Australia’s Women’s Eight threw it
all on the line on the final day of the 2019 World Rowing Championships,
winning a silver medal and securing Australia a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic
Games. Meanwhile, Erik Horrie picked up a bronze medal in the PR1 Men’s Single
Scull and Australia’s Men’s Eight qualified their boat for Tokyo by finishing
in fourth place in their A-Final.
Amanda Bateman and Genevieve Horton ensured Australia had a boat berth for the Women’s Double Scull at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after the duo finished in fifth place in an incredibly tight B-Final in Linz-Ottensheim, with first and fifth place split by a mere 1.03 seconds. Their male counterparts, Caleb Antill and David Bartholot, just missed out qualifying the Men’s Double Scull after finishing in sixth place in their B-Final.
At the conclusion of the 2019 World Rowing Championships, Australia has qualified eight boats for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and two boats for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Subject to selections in 2020, Australia may look to qualify further Olympic class boats, at the final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland and further Paralympic boats at the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta in Gavirate, Italy – both events are held in May 2020.
Australia’s Women’s Eight came out firing in their A-Final, with the crew, coxed by James Rook, flying out of the start and taking an early lead at the 500 metre mark, ahead of race favourites New Zealand and the USA. The Australians of Molly Goodman, Jessica Morrison, Annabelle McIntyre, Rosemary Popa, Georgie Rowe, Bronwyn Cox, Jacinta Edmunds, Leah Saunders and coxswain James Rook, were in the lead still at the 1500 metre mark, before New Zealand made their move and edged ahead of the Australians.
As the crews sprinted for the line, New Zealand took the lead, with Australia in hot pursuit, but it was New Zealand who took the title, with Australia in second and USA in third.
Post-race, stroke of the Women’s Eight, Molly Goodman, said: “We were really happy with that race, we’ve got to go back and train harder again, we want that gold medal in Tokyo. It’s awesome to qualify the boat, I can’t remember the last time we qualified a Women’s Eight directly [and not through the final qualification regatta].
“The whole team is doing really well, but it’s been particularly great to see how well our women’s sweep category is doing, to come away with a gold and two silvers [for our women’s sweep group] is just awesome.”
“The plan was get out and get further out, we had a good start and things took care of themselves. It was a shame we couldn’t hold it together in that last 500 metres, but the girls in front of me gave it 100 percent, you can’t ask for more than that,” added Rook.
Erik Horrie was aiming for his sixth consecutive World Rowing Championships title in the PR1 Men’s Single Scull, but it wasn’t to be the Australian’s day, with the single sculler taking home a bronze medal, while Ukraine took gold and Russia silver.
Horrie sat back in second for the majority of the race, before slipping back into third, however the Australian held off a challenge from Great Britain in the final metres of the race to take bronze. “It just wasn’t my today, but I’m happy to come away with the medal considering the season I’ve had coming back from injury,” said Horrie.
The Men’s Eight were just 0.53 of a second off taking a bronze medal in their A-Final. The Australians were in second at the 500 metre mark and despite slipping back to fifth at the halfway mark, they nudged into third at the 1500 metre point. In a sprint to the line with Great Britain and USA, the Australians just missed out on the podium, with Germany taking gold, Netherlands silver and Great Britain bronze.
Alexander Purnell said post-qualifying the boat for Tokyo, “We’ve learned a lot this week and worked on some big changes and those came good today. I guess the result we got was a combination of a lot of things but the main thing is that the boat is qualified for Tokyo, we’re really happy about that.
“This year’s World Championships felt a bit different to any other race to be honest, as it was top five to qualify for Tokyo, so you’re just trying to not come last. We could see we were ahead of New Zealand for the majority of that race, we had total trust in our coxswain, Kendall Brodie’s calls and she did a great job. When it’s so close, at the end of the race you’re just giving it all you’ve got and we got our boat to Tokyo.”
Rowing Australia Performance Director, Bernard Savage, summarised the week by commenting, “This week has had some incredibly hard and tight racing across all boat categories so to come away with qualifying eight Olympic and two Paralympic boats for Tokyo is really pleasing. I am very proud of this Team and the way they have gone about their business this week. To have qualified a full complement of sweep boats for both the men and women is particularly pleasing.
“All eyes are firmly on Tokyo now and I now the athletes, coaches and staff will be leaving no stone unturned in the quest for success at their respective Games.”
Australian Boats qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
|Men’s Eight||Women’s Eight|
|Men’s Four||Women’s Four|
|Men’s Pair||Women’s Pair|
|Men’s Quadruple Scull||Women’s Double Scull|
Australian Boats qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Paralyampic Games
|PR1 Men’s Single Scull||PR3 Mixed Coxed Four|
Medals won by Australia at the 2019 World Rowing Championships
|Women’s Four||Women’s Pair||Lightweight Men’s Single Scull|
|PR2 Women’s Single Scull||Women’s Eight||Men’s Pair|
|PR3 Men’s Pair||PR1 Men’s Single Scull|
World Championships Day 7
Published 1st September 2019
What a superb day for Australian rowing and for our very own Katrina Werry, who won another World Championship. Kat is now one Australia’s decorated rowers with two World Championships in the four in 2017 and 2019, a silver in 2018 and two World Cup gold medals and a bronze – all in the four. She also has an under 23 World Championship bronze medal with fellow club member Addy Dunkley-Smith. What a record and in such a short period.
Congratulations Kat from all of us back in Melbourne at Mercs.
The race was not all that straight forward. They had a good start but were pushed the whole way through the race by the Dutch. They held off the Dutch by a small margin for the first 1500m and then took a risk by putting everything on the line in the final 500 metres. It was a disciplined, tough but superb race, winning the whole way through.
Also on the podium last night was Jess Morrison in the pair, finishing with a silver. Jess and Annabelle McIntyre raced a superb race but were out sprinted to the line by the New Zealand pair of Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler.
The race was a credit to all medallists. They will all double up in the eights tomorrow. Given that Jess and Annabelle have dominated this event in recent time, I suspect that there was some disappointment in second place. The Australians won the first half of the race in all respects and were still in front with 500 metres to go. But the New Zealanders raced a great second half and reducing the margin in the third 500 meters and sprinting to the line in fine fashion.
Katrina Bateman in the quad contested the B final last night also finishing in fourth place, tenth overall. This is outside the Olympic qualifying placing. This would have been a great disappointment for this crew. They had forced their way into the team despite being outside the NTC and we had high hopes for them. A great season except for this last race. Well done Katrina.
For the rest of the news of last night, we refer to the following RA report.
Australia’s Women’s Four wrapped up
a fantastic 2019 World Rowing Championships winning gold today (Saturday) in
Linz-Ottensheim, Austria. The crew of Lucy Stephan, Sarah Hawe, Katrina Werry
and Olympia Aldersey went undefeated throughout the regatta to claim the top
honours. By virtue of making the A-Final the Australians also qualified the
boat berth for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Annabelle McIntyre and Jessica Morrison claimed silver in the Women’s Pair after a sprint to the line with their Trans-Tasman rivals, New Zealand, while Joshua Hicks and Sam Hardy took home a bronze medal in the Men’s Pair. Both boat berths are qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Elsewhere, the Men’s Quadruple Scull and the PR3 Mixed Coxed Four wrapped up their World Championships ranked fourth in the world while the Men’s Four were sixth in their A-Final. All three boats are qualified for Tokyo 2020.
Olympia Aldersey, winning her first Senior World Rowing Championships gold, was visibly delighted with her crew’s victory in the Women’s Four. “I won my first World Championships gold medal back in 2012 in the Under 23s, so it’s taken me a while to get here! I think you can be a capable athlete mentally, but it’s about getting all your ducks lined up in a row and getting yourself in the right space to deliver.
“It’s taken me this long to get here, and I can’t thank enough all the people that helped us to get here. People like our patron Mrs Gina Rinehart who supports our National Training Centres – having an NTC this last Olympiad has been really great and having a squad has pushed everyone up. We couldn’t have done this year without the team behind us, it makes it all easier.
“We really worked as a crew to get here and it’s a credit to all of us for delivering our roles to get us over the line,” said Aldersey.
Hawe added, “The field was so strong today so it’s really amazing to come away with the win. Last year we won silver, so we had a lot of determination to do better this year. I’ve never been to the Olympics before, so it would be really amazing to have the chance to go.”
The Women’s Pair of Jess Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre were just pipped at the line by New Zealand, but will take on both New Zealand and bronze medalists, Canada, in the A-Final of the Women’s Eight on Sunday. All three medaling crews are doubling up into their countries Eights.
Post-race, silver medalist McIntyre said, “We gave it everything we could and it puts us in a really good position for next year, and we’re really excited about what we can do ourselves and what our team can do as a whole.
“We’re really looking forward to having a good hit out tomorrow in the Women’s Eight and seeing what we can do set ourselves up for next year.”
The Men’s Pair final saw Croatia come away with the gold medal, while Australia battled it out with New Zealand for silver and bronze. In the final stages, the New Zealanders broke into second, with Australia holding off a challenge from Italy to take home bronze.
Sam Hardy, winning his first Senior World Championships medal in the Men’s Pair said, “It feels amazing, I can’t believe we won a medal here and qualified the boat for Tokyo. It was a really stiff head breeze, so we kept it really internal and then opened it up in the middle of the race. I can’t believe it.
“It’s been great to row with Hicksy (Josh Hicks), he’s a two-time World Champion, and so it’s amazing to have learned from him. He really turns up on race days, there’s no one else I’d rather row a boat with.”
In the PR3 Mixed Coxed Four Australia’s crew of Renae Domaschenz, Alexandra Viney, Alex Vuillermin, Ben Gibson and James Talbot were fourth at the halfway mark of their race, making a late push on Italy, but the crew just missed out on a podium placing.
Australia’s Men’s Four’s A-Final was not a reflection of how the crew has performed throughout these World Rowing Championships, with the crew finishing up in sixth place after struggling to catch up with Poland who came out quickest at the start. Despite a valiant sprint from Alexander Hill, Jack Hargreaves, Nicholas Purnell and Jack O’Brien, the Australians were unable to make up the lost ground from a slow start.
In the Men’s Quadruple Scull of David Watts, Cameron Girdlestone, Campbell Watts and Hamish Playfair took on the reigning World Champions, Italy, as well as an inform Netherlands. It was the Dutch who came out fastest to take gold, and while Poland and Italy battled it out for silver and bronze – the Australians pushed on the leading pack. However, the Australians ran out of room, with the Dutch taking the win, followed by Poland and Italy.
In the B-Finals today, the Lightweight Men’s Double Scull sprinted to the line with the Belgians but just missed out on an Olympic qualifying berth. Hamish Parry and Leon Chambers wrapped up their World Championships ranked eighth in the world, while Sarah Pound and Georgia Nesbitt finished third in the B-Final of the Lightweight Women’s Double Scull to be ranked ninth in the world.
The Women’s Quadruple Scull of Cara Grzeskowiak, Fiona Ewing, Katrina Bateman and Rowena Meredith were fourth in their B-Final, finishing 10th in the world.
Races times for Sunday 1 September
Men’s Double Scull (Bartholot and Antill): 11:42 local time (19:42 AEST/17:42 AWST)
Women’s Double Scull (A Bateman and Horton): 11:54 local time (19:54 AEST/17:54 AWST)
PR1 Men’s Single Scull (Horrie): 13:21 local time (21:21 AEST/19:21 AWST)
Men’s Eight (Forsterling, A Purnell, Moore, Keenan, Booth, Masters, Turrin, Widdicombe and Brodie): 14:12 local time (22:12 AEST/20:12 AWST)
Women’s Eight (Saunders, Edmunds, Cox, Rowe, Popa, McIntyre, Morrison, Goodman and Rook): 15:02 local time (23:02 AEST/21:02 AWST)
From the archives – Images from 1979 World Championships
Published 1st September 2019
Past news can be found through this link.